Today’s Headlines

  • Still grappling with last month’s crash, D.C. Metro finds track circuits failing across the train system (WaPo)
  • We have the technology to get creative with transportation revenue-raising — why not use it? (Globe)
  • In a new interview, Oberstar suggests phasing in a gas-tax hike after two consecutive quarters of economic growth (Living on Earth)
  • Sen. Murray wants DOT to decide whether Virgin America is breaking airline ownership rules (Dow Jones)


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Study: Free Transit Helps Local Businesses

A new study finds that commuters with access to free public transportation don't drive any less — but they do take more leisure and shopping trips than those who have to pay their own fare, which could help provide local economies with the cash they need to provide a broader range of social services over time.